My wife is visiting in Europe at the moment. Tonight, she told me that someone there wondered if maybe things would be better if there simply were no Israel. “Then no one would be mad at the Jews.”

Um, yeah. We’ll just ignore the last 2000 years of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust–you know, stuff that happened when there was no Israel.

Are there really people out there that are that incredibly stupid? Obviously. And it makes me furious.

Let’s see, Israel pulled out of Lebanon back in 2000. They gave Egypt back the Sinai around 1980, returning to Egypt the only oil wells they had. Then Israel pulled out of the Gaza entirely. And how is Israel treated as a consequence? Hezbollah shells them from the north, Hamas shells them from the south. On a daily basis. But Israel is just supposed to take it. I’m sure that Italy, for instance, would just quietly sit back if Switzerland started shooting rockets at farmers and townspeople along the border, then snuck across that border and kidnapped a few Italian soldiers and killed a few others. And they wouldn’t mind at all if terrorists snuck in and started blowing themselves up in public places. Right? And the world would condemn Italy for being even the least annoyed about it.

Hamas, Hezbollah, the PLO, when they talk about “occupied territory” they mean all of Israel: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, the kibbutz I worked on. The PLO was founded in 1964, three years before Israel took the West Bank and Gaza and Sinai and Golan Heights in the 6 day war. Jordan and Egypt occupied the West Bank and Gaza up til then. No terrorists ever attacked the Jordanians and Egyptians. Only Israel is attacked.

And does the Vatican or the Europeans or the other jerks of the world ever issue condemnations of the anti-Semitism preached daily on the TV, radios, newspapers and mosques of the totalitarian Moslem world? Do they ever condemn the targeting of Israelis and Jews in their shopping centers and restaurants and homes? How often have those who so quickly condemn Israel, condemned Hamas or Hezbollah or anyone else for killing Jews? I don’t recall hearing much. The UN seems to want to condemn Israel every chance it gets–in fact, Israel has been condemned by the UN more than anyone else–disproportionately so. But those who kill Jews, those who repress women, those who restrict the press and religious freedoms of millions, there’s rarely a word spoken against them. The Europeans prefer to trade the Jews for oil. Peace at any price, especially if that price is only the Jews they hate anyhow.

It’s all anti-Semitism in the UN and the capitals of the world, nothing more. And it’s nothing new. For 2000 years the world has been condemning the Jews. It’s not a surprise that they’re still at it. They have lots of practice.

Hezbollah, Hamas, PLO, the jihadists, they are the bad guys. Not Israel. How many women do the Muslim extremists have to keep in burkas, how many wives do they have to beat, how many heads do they have to chop off, how much more do they have to restrict freedom of press, speach and religion before these morons figure out who the bad guys are and who the good guys are?

It’s insane. I’d like to see some of the critics of Israel try opening a Bible in a Moslem country. See how far they get. And if the critic is a woman, let’s see her try to drive a car in a Moslem country, or walk around unescorted there, or try wearing something comfortable and reasonable for hot summer weather.

How hard is this to understand? There are always two sides to every story. In this case, there’s the bad side and the good side. Now pick. It’s not so hard.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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